|Publication number||US8690827 B2|
|Application number||US 12/818,496|
|Publication date||8 Apr 2014|
|Filing date||18 Jun 2010|
|Priority date||1 Feb 2005|
|Also published as||CA2594627A1, CA2594627C, CA2762072A1, CA2762072C, CA2976873A1, CN101111281A, CN101111281B, EP1843812A2, EP1843812A4, EP2058020A2, EP2058020A3, EP2058020B1, US7749194, US8123719, US8172082, US8544645, US8920367, US9724471, US20070129708, US20080103490, US20080306436, US20100318035, US20120116318, US20120280815, US20150011973, US20150174323, US20170312433, WO2006083876A2, WO2006083876A3|
|Publication number||12818496, 818496, US 8690827 B2, US 8690827B2, US-B2-8690827, US8690827 B2, US8690827B2|
|Inventors||Evan T. Edwards, Eric S. Edwards, Mark J. Licata|
|Original Assignee||Kaleo, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (376), Non-Patent Citations (63), Referenced by (15), Classifications (27), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/572,148, entitled “Devices, Systems, and Methods for Medicament Delivery,” filed Mar. 16, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,749,194 which is a national stage filing under 35 U.S.C. §371 of International Patent Application No. PCT/US06/03415, entitled “Devices, Systems, and Methods for Medicament Delivery,” filed Feb. 1, 2006, which claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/648,822 entitled “Devices, Systems, and Methods for Medicament Delivery,” filed Feb. 1, 2005, and U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/731,886, entitled “Devices, Systems, and Methods for Medicament Delivery,” filed Oct. 31, 2005, each of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
A wide variety of potential embodiments will be more readily understood through the following detailed description of certain exemplary embodiments, with reference to the accompanying exemplary drawings in which:
When the following terms are used substantively herein, the accompanying definitions apply:
a—at least one.
activate—to actuate and/or set in motion and/or action.
activity—an action, act, step, and/or process or portion thereof.
actuating portion—that part that puts something into action.
actuation lock—a device adapted to prevent actuation, such as, for example a pivotable, translatable, keyed, squeezable, and/or removable lock.
actuator—a mechanism that puts something into action.
adapted to—suitable or fit for a particular purpose.
and/or—either in conjunction with or in alternative to.
apparatus—a mechanism and/or device.
arm—an elongated structural member, which need not be solely linear.
auto-injector—device that allows a user to deliver a medicament without having to manually prepare the injection. Exemplary devices include pen delivered injectors, syringes, needleless injectors, gas powered auto-injectors, and/or any other auto-injector and/or medical device used to inject a medicament into a user/patient, etc.
automatically—acting or operating in a manner essentially independent of external influence or control. For example, an automatic light switch can turn on upon “seeing” a person in its view, without the person manually operating the light switch.
axis—a straight line about which a body or geometric object rotates or may be conceived to rotate.
can—is capable of, in at least some embodiments.
channel—a conduit for one or more fluids.
compressed gas—a substantially pressurized substance, such as helium, nitrogen, and/or carbon dioxide, etc., in a gaseous form.
comprising—including but not limited to.
contain—to hold within.
contents—a contained compressed gas.
credit card—a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise and/or services delivered. Typically measuring in size from approximately 3 to approximately 4 inches in length, such as approximately 3.40 inches, 3.375 inches, 85 millimeters, etc., and from approximately 1.75 to approximately 2.75 inches in width, such as approximately 2.10 inches, 2.2125 inches, 2.5 inches, 55 millimeters, etc.
data—distinct pieces of information, usually formatted in a special or predetermined way and/or organized to express concepts.
define—to establish the outline, form, or structure of.
device—a machine, manufacture, and/or collection thereof.
discharge—to release from confinement; to emit.
driving force—a force sufficient to cause, directly or indirectly, expulsion of an injectable medicament from one or more vials and/or from an auto-injector.
dry substance—a material that is substantially free from liquid or moisture.
embedded system—a programmed hardware device comprising a microprocessor controlled by an operating system and/or control logic that is specifically designed for a particular kind of application. The operating system and/or control logic of an embedded system comprises a limited set of pre-defined functions that can not be modified or added to by additional user-installed software, although some embedded systems allow a user to modify values of variables and/or parameters of the pre-defined functions. Exemplary devices that can comprise embedded systems are: medical devices, calculators, automobiles, airplanes, vending machines, toys, programmable logic controllers, appliances, refrigerators, microwave ovens, clothes washers, thermostats, alarm systems, sprinkler systems, lighting controllers, electronic equipment, laser printers, CD players, DVD players, watches, and/or digital cameras, etc.
escape port—an opening for the exit of a gas.
expulsion—the act of forcibly ejecting a fluid via a designed outlet of a container.
expulsion pressure—a force applied over an area of a liquid, the force sufficient to expel the liquid in a predetermined manner.
extend—to move out and/or away from.
extendable—able to move out and/or away from.
fluid—a gas and/or liquid.
fluidly coupleable—able to be related via a fluid.
force initiator—a source, such as a compressed gas container, spring, and/or chemical reaction, etc., capable of supplying a driving force.
frangible—a device that is capable of being broken and/or penetrated to allow fluid to flow therethrough.
haptic—involving the human sense of kinesthetic movement and/or the human sense of touch. Among the many potential haptic experiences are numerous sensations, body-positional differences in sensations, and time-based changes in sensations that are perceived at least partially in non-visual, non-audible, and non-olfactory manners, including the experiences of tactile touch (being touched), active touch, grasping, pressure, friction, traction, slip, stretch, force, torque, impact, puncture, vibration, motion, acceleration, jerk, pulse, orientation, limb position, gravity, texture, gap, recess, viscosity, pain, itch, moisture, temperature, thermal conductivity, and thermal capacity.
hard real-time—relating to computer systems that provide an absolute deterministic response to an event. Such a response is not based on average event time. Instead, in such computer systems, the deadlines are fixed and the system must guarantee a response within a fixed and well-defined time. Systems operating in hard real-time typically interact at a low level with physical hardware via embedded systems, and can suffer a critical failure if time constraints are violated. A classic example of a hard real-time computing system is the anti-lock brakes on a car. The hard real-time constraint, or deadline, in this system is the time in which the brakes must be released to prevent the wheel from locking. Another example is a car engine control system, in which a delayed control signal might cause engine failure or damage. Other examples of hard real-time embedded systems include medical systems such as heart pacemakers and industrial process controllers.
hazardous condition—a situation marked by risk, danger, and/or peril.
housing—something that covers, encloses, protects, holds, and/or supports.
in reaction to—responding indirectly and/or directly to.
indicate—to show, mark, signify, denote, evidence, evince, manifest, declare, enunciate, specify, explain, exhibit, present, reveal, disclose, and/or display.
indicator—a device and/or substance that indicates.
information device—any device capable of processing information, such as any general purpose and/or special purpose computer, such as a personal computer, workstation, server, minicomputer, mainframe, supercomputer, computer terminal, laptop, wearable computer, and/or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), mobile terminal, Bluetooth device, communicator, “smart” phone (such as a Treo-like device), messaging service (e.g., Blackberry) receiver, pager, facsimile, cellular telephone, a traditional telephone, telephonic device, a programmed microprocessor or microcontroller and/or peripheral integrated circuit elements, an ASIC or other integrated circuit, a hardware electronic logic circuit such as a discrete element circuit, and/or a programmable logic device such as a PLD, PLA, FPGA, or PAL, or the like, etc. In general any device on which resides a finite state machine capable of implementing at least a portion of a method, structure, and/or or graphical user interface described herein may be used as an information device. An information device can comprise components such as one or more network interfaces, one or more processors, one or more memories containing instructions, and/or one or more input/output (I/O) devices, one or more user interfaces coupled to an I/O device, etc.
injectable medicament—a medicine, medication, drug, pharmaceutical, prescriptive, agent, antidote, anti-venom, hormone, stimulant, vasodilator, anesthetic, and/or nutritional supplement that is substantially ready for injection.
input/output (I/O) device—any sensory-oriented input and/or output device, such as an audio, visual, haptic, olfactory, and/or taste-oriented device, including, for example, a monitor, display, projector, overhead display, keyboard, keypad, mouse, trackball, joystick, gamepad, wheel, touchpad, touch panel, pointing device, microphone, speaker, video camera, camera, scanner, printer, haptic device, vibrator, tactile simulator, and/or tactile pad, potentially including a port to which an I/O device can be attached or connected.
liquid—a body of matter that exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow, little or no tendency to disperse, and relatively high incompressibility.
longitudinal—of or relating to longitude or length.
machine instructions—directions adapted to cause a machine, such as an information device, to perform a particular operation or function.
machine readable medium—a physical structure from which a machine can obtain data and/or information. Examples include a memory, punch cards, etc.
may—is allowed to, in at least some embodiments.
memory device—an apparatus capable of storing analog or digital information, such as instructions and/or data. Examples include a nonvolatile memory, volatile memory, Random Access Memory, RAM, Read Only Memory, ROM, flash memory, magnetic media, a hard disk, a floppy disk, a magnetic tape, an optical media, an optical disk, a compact disk, a CD, a digital versatile disk, a DVD, and/or a raid array, etc. The memory device can be coupled to a processor and/or can store instructions adapted to be executed by processor, such as according to an embodiment disclosed herein.
method—a process, procedure, and/or collection of related activities for accomplishing something.
microprocessor—an integrated circuit comprising a central processing unit.
mixable—dissolvable, dispersible, and/or capable of being put into so that the dry substance is diffused and/or commingled in the liquid.
needle—a hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection. Includes cannulas.
network—a communicatively coupled plurality of nodes.
network interface—any device, system, or subsystem capable of coupling an information device to a network. For example, a network interface can be a telephone, cellular phone, cellular modem, telephone data modem, fax modem, wireless transceiver, ethernet card, cable modem, digital subscriber line interface, bridge, hub, router, or other similar device.
non-co-axial—not having co-linear axes.
output device—an apparatus configured to visually, audibly, and/or haptically render information to a human. Examples include an audible output sub-system (e.g., speaker, horn, buzzer, and/or piezoelectric transducer, etc.), a visual output sub-system (e.g., flag, marker, light, liquid crystal display (LCD), light emitting diode (LED), optical fiber, organic polymer display, electric paper, screen, display, monitor, and/or tube, etc.), and a haptic output sub-system (e.g., buzzer, vibrator, bulging portion, tactile stimulator, cooler, and/or heater, etc.), etc.
patient—a receiver of an injectable medicament, such as a human, mammal, animal, etc.
piston—a sliding piece which either is moved by, or moves against, fluid pressure.
pivotable—capable of pivoting.
plurality—the state of being plural and/or more than one.
predetermined—established in advance.
processor—a device and/or set of machine-readable instructions for performing one or more predetermined tasks. A processor can comprise any one or a combination of hardware, firmware, and/or software. A processor can utilize mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, magnetic, optical, informational, chemical, and/or biological principles, signals, and/or inputs to perform the task(s). In certain embodiments, a processor can act upon information by manipulating, analyzing, modifying, converting, transmitting the information for use by an executable procedure and/or an information device, and/or routing the information to an output device. A processor can function as a central processing unit, local controller, remote controller, parallel controller, and/or distributed controller, etc. Unless stated otherwise, the processor can be a general-purpose device, such as a microcontroller and/or a microprocessor, such the Pentium IV series of microprocessor manufactured by the Intel Corporation of Santa Clara, Calif. In certain embodiments, the processor can be dedicated purpose device, such as an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) or a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that has been designed to implement in its hardware and/or firmware at least a part of an embodiment disclosed herein.
programmable logic controller (PLC)—a solid-state, microprocessor-based, hard real-time computing system that is used, via a network, to automatically monitor the status of field-connected sensor inputs, and automatically control communicatively-coupled devices of a controlled system (e.g., actuators, solenoids, relays, switches, motor starters, speed drives (e.g., variable frequency drives, silicon-controlled rectifiers, etc.), pilot lights, ignitors, speakers, tape drives, printers, monitors, displays, etc.) according to a user-created set of values and user-created logic and/or instructions stored in memory. The sensor inputs reflect measurements and/or status information related to the controlled system. A PLC provides any of: automated input/output control; switching; counting; arithmetic operations; complex data manipulation; logic; timing; sequencing; communication; data file manipulation; report generation; control; relay control; motion control; process control; distributed control; and/or monitoring of processes, equipment, and/or other automation of the controlled system. Because of its precise and hard real-time timing and sequencing capabilities, a PLC is programmed using ladder logic or some form of structured programming language specified in IEC 61131-3, namely, FBD (Function Block Diagram), LD (Ladder Diagram), ST (Structured Text, Pascal type language), IL (Instruction List) and/or SFC (Sequential Function Chart). Because of its precise and real-time timing and sequencing capabilities, a PLC can replace up to thousands of relays and cam timers. PLC hardware often has good redundancy and fail-over capabilities. A PLC can use a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for interacting with users for configuration, alarm reporting, and/or control.
puncturer—a device adapted to penetrate using a substantially sharp and/or tapered point, tip, edge, or the like.
pusher—a device adapted to convert fluid pressure to mechanical movement.
render—make perceptible to a human, for example as data, commands, text, graphics, audio, video, animation, and/or hyperlinks, etc., such as via any visual, audio, and/or haptic means, such as via a display, monitor, electric paper, ocular implant, cochlear implant, speaker, etc.
repeatedly—again and again; repetitively.
reservoir—a receptacle or chamber for storing and/or directing movement of a fluid.
resist—to avoid and/or remain firm against the actions, effects, and/or force of.
retract—to pull inward.
safety tab—a removable device configured to prevent actuation of an auto-injector when the safety tab is in one orientation, and allow actuation when in another orientation.
sensed variable—a measured parameter.
set—a related plurality.
sheath—a protective cover.
shield—a protective device or structure.
soft real-time—relating to computer systems that take a best efforts approach and minimize latency from event to response as much as possible while keeping throughput up with external events overall. Such systems will not suffer a critical failure if time constraints are violated. For example, live audio-video systems are usually soft real-time; violation of time constraints can result in degraded quality, but the system can continue to operate. Another example is a network server, which is a system for which fast response is desired but for which there is no deadline. If the network server is highly loaded, its response time may slow with no failure in service. This is contrasted with the anti-lock braking system where a slow down in response would likely cause system failure, possibly even catastrophic failure.
spring—an elastic device, such as a coil of wire, that regains its original shape after being compressed or extended.
status—a state or condition.
store—to place, hold, and/or retain data, typically in a memory.
substantially—to a great extent or degree.
system—a collection of mechanisms, devices, data, and/or instructions, the collection designed to perform one or more specific functions.
tip—a terminal end.
transfer—to convey from one place to another.
translatable—capable of being transferred from one place to another and/or of being moved with respect to something else.
triggerable—capable of being actuated.
use indication—information regarding a use of an auto-injector, such as information regarding any of auto-injector selection; auto-injector maintenance; auto-injector expiration; auto-injector replacement; medicament expiration; medicament selection; medicament mixing; injection delay; safety guard removal; auto-injector positioning; auto-injector orientation; actuator location; injection hazard avoidance; auto-injector actuation; injection duration; injection status; injection error; auto-injector removal; auto-injector reuse; auto-injector recycling; and auto-injector disposal, etc.
user input—human-provided information.
user interface—any device for rendering information to a user and/or requesting information from the user. A user interface includes at least one of textual, graphical, audio, video, animation, and/or haptic elements. A textual element can be provided, for example, by a printer, monitor, display, projector, etc. A graphical element can be provided, for example, via a monitor, display, projector, and/or visual indication device, such as a light, flag, beacon, etc. An audio element can be provided, for example, via a speaker, microphone, and/or other sound generating and/or receiving device. A video element or animation element can be provided, for example, via a monitor, display, projector, and/or other visual device. A haptic element can be provided, for example, via a very low frequency speaker, vibrator, tactile stimulator, tactile pad, simulator, keyboard, keypad, mouse, trackball, joystick, gamepad, wheel, touchpad, touch panel, pointing device, and/or other haptic device, etc. A user interface can include one or more textual elements such as, for example, one or more letters, number, symbols, etc. A user interface can include one or more graphical elements such as, for example, an image, photograph, drawing, icon, window, title bar, panel, sheet, tab, drawer, matrix, table, form, calendar, outline view, frame, dialog box, static text, text box, list, pick list, pop-up list, pull-down list, menu, tool bar, dock, check box, radio button, hyperlink, browser, button, control, palette, preview panel, color wheel, dial, slider, scroll bar, cursor, status bar, stepper, and/or progress indicator, etc. A textual and/or graphical element can be used for selecting, programming, adjusting, changing, specifying, etc. an appearance, background color, background style, border style, border thickness, foreground color, font, font style, font size, alignment, line spacing, indent, maximum data length, validation, query, cursor type, pointer type, autosizing, position, and/or dimension, etc. A user interface can include one or more audio elements such as, for example, a volume control, pitch control, speed control, voice selector, and/or one or more elements for controlling audio play, speed, pause, fast forward, reverse, etc. A user interface can include one or more video elements such as, for example, elements controlling video play, speed, pause, fast forward, reverse, zoom-in, zoom-out, rotate, and/or tilt, etc. A user interface can include one or more animation elements such as, for example, elements controlling animation play, pause, fast forward, reverse, zoom-in, zoom-out, rotate, tilt, color, intensity, speed, frequency, appearance, etc. A user interface can include one or more haptic elements such as, for example, elements utilizing tactile stimulus, force, pressure, vibration, motion, displacement, temperature, etc.
valve—a device that regulates flow through a pipe and/or through an aperture by opening, closing, and/or obstructing a port and/or passageway.
vent—to release from confinement.
via—by way of and/or utilizing.
vial—a closable vessel.
Exposure, such as via ingestion, inhalation, and/or injection, to certain allergens, toxins, and/or other substances can cause profound reactions for some and/or all people and/or animals. For example, certain people are highly allergic to certain substances, such as peanuts, shellfish, particular drugs, certain proteins, bee venom, insect bites, etc. The allergic response to the exposure can lead to anaphylactic shock, which can cause a sharp drop in blood pressure, hives, and/or substantial breathing difficulties caused by severe airway constriction. As another example, inhalation of certain nerve agents can cause severe physiological trauma. Responding rapidly to such exposures can prevent injury and/or death. For example, in response to an exposure leading to anaphylactic shock, an injection of epinephrine (i.e., adrenaline) can provide substantial and/or complete relief from the reaction. As another example, injection of an antidote to a nerve agent can greatly reduce and/or eliminate the potential harm of the exposure. As yet another example, rapid injection of certain drugs, such as a beta blocker, blood thinner, nitroglycerine, antihistamines, insulin, and opioids, etc., can provide substantial relief from various dangerous medical conditions.
Thus, certain exemplary embodiments provide systems, devices, and/or methods for rapidly injecting a medicament.
Certain exemplary embodiments comprise an apparatus, comprising: a compressed gas container; a plurality of vials adapted to store a liquid medicament, each vial defining a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axes of the plurality of vials parallel and non-co-axial, the plurality of vials fluidly coupleable to an actuating portion of a contents of the gas container; and a plurality of pistons, each piston adapted to move within a corresponding vial from the plurality of vials, the plurality of pistons adapted to, in response to discharge of the actuating portion of the contents of the compressed gas container, transfer at least a portion of the liquid medicament from the plurality of vials and through a needle that is extendable into a patient. Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a method comprising a plurality of activities, comprising: discharging an actuating portion of a contents of a compressed gas container, the compressed gas container contained within an apparatus; in reaction to said discharging activity, moving a piston within a vial, the vial one of a plurality of vials contained within the apparatus, each vial adapted to store a liquid medicament, each vial defining a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axes of the plurality of vials parallel and non-co-axial, the plurality of vials fluidly coupleable to a contents of the gas container; and transferring a liquid medicament from the vial and through a needle that is extendable into a patient.
A status of a system 1000 can be determined via status indicator 1400, which can provide a view, such as via a UV blocking, photo-sensitive, and/or translucent window, into an interior of housing 1100. Viewable through the window can be a status of medicament carried by housing 1100, a location of a needle and/or injection apparatus for the medicament, and/or an activation status of system 1000. For example, if the medicament has aged to the point of discoloration, which aging might or might not render the medication useless, harmful, etc., status indicator 1400 can allow that situation to be determined. In certain exemplary embodiments, gas can escape housing 1100 via status indicator 1400 and/or another opening in housing 1100.
Certain exemplary embodiments of system 1000 can provide a compact medicament delivery mechanism that can efficiently and/or rapidly deliver a prescribed dose. The length (L) and width (W) of system 1000 can be similar to that of a credit card, and the thickness (T) can be less than one inch. Thus, certain exemplary embodiments of system 1000 can provide a conveniently carried, easy-to-use, easy to activate drug delivery apparatus that can require little to no training to safely carry, use, and/or dispose of.
To assist a user in positioning system 1000 in a correct orientation for injection, system 1000 and/or housing 1100 can provide various tactile clues. For example, a top 1110 of housing 1100 can be rounded, and a bottom 1120 of actuation bar 1300 of housing 1100 can be flat. Other tactile clues are also possible, such as bulges, ribs, grooves, gaps, roughened surfaces, indentations, etc.
System 1000 can comprise a housing 1100, handheld portion 1800, actuation guard 1200, and/or actuation bar 1300. System 1000 can comprise system actuator 2000, gas reservoirs 3000, medicament actuator 4000, medicament storage assembly 5000, medicament carrier 9000, needle assembly 6000, use indicator 7000, and/or gas vent mechanism 8000, etc.
Upon removal, release, rotation, and/or relocation of actuation guard 1200, system actuator 2000 can be adapted to rapidly discharge an actuating portion of a contents of a compress gas container. For example, system actuator 2000 can comprise a compressed gas container 2400, which initially can contain a compressed gas 2500, an actuating portion of which can be released from container 2400 by penetration of a gas port 2600 via a point of a puncturer 2700. Upon removal and/or relocation of actuation guard 1200, actuation bar 1300 can be moved closer to and/or in contact with handheld portion 1800. Upon removal and/or relocation of actuation guard 1200, gas container 2400 can be brought into contact with puncturer 2700 via extension of a pre-compressed spring 2300 and/or movement of a actuation stick 2200. Thus, actuation guard 1200 can prevent accident activation of system 1000 and/or unintended discharge of an actuating portion of the contents 2500 of gas container 2400.
Once gas port 2600 has been punctured, an actuating portion of compressed gas 2500 can escape from container 2400 and flow via gas reservoirs 3000, such as gas channel 3100. The flowing gas can meet and/or apply gas pressure to medicament actuator 4000, which can comprise a pusher 4100, which can travel within a sleeve 1500 defined by walls 1520. Sleeve 1500 can be constructed of metal, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic, polycarbonate, etc. Seals 4200, such as o-rings, can resist gas leakage, such as past pusher 4100 and/or out of housing 1100. Thus, pusher 4100 can function as a piston traveling within a cylinder, although it is not necessarily required that the cross-sectional shape of sleeve 1500 be round.
Medicament actuator 4000 can interface with medicament storage assembly 5000. For example, medicament actuator 4000 can comprise a plurality of plungers 4300, each of which can be capped with a piston 4400 which can sealingly slide and/or move within a corresponding vial 5100 containing a liquid medicament 5200. For example, in response to pressure applied by an actuating portion of the contents 2500 of compressed gas container 2400, pusher 4100 can cause plungers 4300 and/or pistons 4400 to simultaneously move. The number of corresponding sets of plungers 4300, pistons 4400, and/or vials 5100 can be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or more. Pistons 4400 can be constructed of a resilient, durable, and/or sealing material, such as a rubber. Each plunger 4300 from the plurality of plungers can define a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axes (e.g., axes 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340) of the plurality of plungers parallel, non-coaxial, and/or co-planar.
Each vial 5100 from the plurality of vials can be substantially cylindrical with a substantially round and/or substantially elliptical cross-sectional shape. Thus, each vial 5100 can define a longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axes of the plurality of vials parallel, non-coaxial, and/or co-planar. The longitudinal axis of each vial can be co-axial with the longitudinal axis of its corresponding plunger.
Each vial can be capped at one end with a frangible 5300, which can be burst when piston 4400 generates sufficient pressure upon medicament 5200, thereby allowing at least a portion of medicament 5200 to flow out of vial 5100 and into medicament carrier 9000. Thus, the plurality of vials can be fluidly coupleable to the actuating portion of the contents 2500 of gas container 2400.
Medicament carrier 9000 can hold each of vials 5100 and can travel within sleeve 1500. Medicament carrier 9000 can comprise a plurality of channels 9200 adapted to receive medicament 5200 as it exits its respective vial 5100, and direct medicament 5200 to a common conduit 9300. Medicament carrier 9000 can interface with needle assembly 6000 and/or use indicator 7000.
From common conduit 9300, medicament 5200 can enter needle assembly 6000, such as into a single needle 6100 via which medicament can approach needle tip 6200. As medicament actuator 4000 and/or medicament carrier 9000 are driven toward actuator bar 1300, needle tip 6200 can penetrate an end 6400 of needle sheath 6300 and exit actuator bar 1300 at needle port 1340.
As medicament carrier stop 9400 contacts actuator bar stop 1300, medicament carrier hooks 9600 can engage with engagement receivers 7100 in use indicator 7000.
As medicament carrier 9000 moves away from actuator bar 1300, needle 6100 can retract into sheath 6300 which un-buckles and/or un-deforms towards its original shape. Eventually, needle 6100 can retract completely within the boundaries of housing 1100, thereby tending to prevent accidental needle sticks after the initial injection and/or potentially reducing and/or eliminating a sharps hazard.
In certain exemplary embodiments, system actuator 2000 can comprise a finger triggered, twistable, pivotable, and/or lever-operated mechanism. For example, system actuator 2000 can comprise a twistable handle that can screw into gas port 2600. In certain exemplary embodiments, system actuator 2000 can be a finger trigger located on a side of the housing.
As pistons 4440 near the limit of their travels, engagement of gas release actuator 9700 with gas release valve 8200 can cause compressed spring 8300 to move valve arm such that o-ring 8400 is urged away from its seat 8500. This movement can reveal a passage 8600, via which gas can exit gas chamber 3200 along gas exhaust path 8900, which can extend between sleeve inner walls 1520 and outer walls 9100 of medicament carrier 9000. Eventually, gas exhaust path 8900 can extend between handheld portion 1800 and actuator bar 1300. Likewise, an alternative embodiment of valve 8200, made of rubber or any other resilient material, can be placed across seat 8500 to provide a seal that, once gas release actuator 9700 interacts with valve 8200, allows valve 8200 to bend or flap upwards away from seat 8500, causing the gas to escape via passage 8600.
The following paragraphs expands on the above and describe various exemplary embodiments relating to compact auto-injectors that can comprise and/or utilize a vial or a plurality of vials to store and/or contain an injectable medicament. These auto-injectors can have a compact form factor, such as approximately the size of a credit card. There are many methods of delivering such medicaments in such compact devices. The below descriptions cover multiple methods and/or mechanisms that can effectively administer a medicament using a compact auto-injector.
Exemplary Embodiment One: Methods of Utilizing an Auto-Injector
This exemplary embodiment describes a method of implementing an auto-injector utilizing a spring and/or gas driven system to administer a medicament and/or comprises a needle protection system.
An embodiment for delivering medicament from a chamber can comprise a vial or plurality of vials; said chamber in communication with a needle that can be concealed initially by some shield and/or sheath; extending said needle from the sheath at least 1 mm and/or inserting the needle past a needle insertion point to an injection site at a depth of at least 5 mm; the application of a force that can originate from the contents of a gas cylinder and/or by means of a spring or multiple springs sufficient to eject medicament held within said chamber into the needle and/or through the needle insertion point to a depth of at least 5 mm to deliver up to 5 ml of medicament into the injection site in less than 5 seconds; wherein the medicament can be injected and/or held through the use of a vial system that comprises a plunger, vial(s), reservoir, and/or needle that can be located within said chamber; wherein the force can be applied on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger, vial(s), reservoir, and/or needle to travel towards the distal end of the housing; wherein the plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered; wherein the needle insertion point can be located more superficial than the injection site; wherein the needle can have a length of at least 6 mm and/or the medicament can be ejected at a pressure of at least 25 p.s.i. at a rate of at least 0.20 ml/sec; and/or wherein the needle can retract into the shield and/or housing and/or a needle protection portion slides over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
Exemplary Embodiment Two: Chemical Reaction
This exemplary embodiment involves an auto-injection system that utilizes a chemical reaction as an activation mechanism to deliver the medicament into a patient. It also comprises a needle protection system.
This exemplary embodiment comprises a delivery system that can encompass a housing, vial or plurality of vials, plunger for each vial, single needle or needle cannula, and medicament or medicaments within the vial or plurality of vials; the vial or plurality of vials in communication with the plunger(s) at proximal end and in communication with a reservoir that contains a single needle or needle cannula at the distal end; the needle can be protected by some sheath/shield; a chemical reaction capable of occurring when one chemical is allowed to interact with another chemical and/or a substance that may create such a reaction through the use of some activation mechanism; and said chemical reaction that can generate a force that is strong enough to drive said plunger, vial, reservoir, and needle towards the distal end of the housing; the needle exiting said sheath/shield and entering an injection site; the plunger(s) slideable in the vial(s) that contain the medicament; and said medicament exiting the vials into through the reservoir and needle cannula into the injection site; upon exit of the desired contents of the vial, the entire needle, reservoir, vial, and plunger assembly can retract towards the proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or a needle protection portion slides over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
Exemplary Embodiment Three: The Spring Driven Injector
Certain exemplary embodiments of the auto-injector can use a spring or multiple springs to inject the medicament into a patient. The novelty of this system can lie in the orientation of the activation springs and the vial system (that comprises the plunger, vial(s), reservoir and the needle/cannula) system. Because the activation springs can be located in parallel to the vial system, the device can be smaller than existing devices on the market (that are linear in nature), potentially having a form factor that is approximately the size of a credit card.
Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise a delivery system that can encompass a housing, vial or plurality of vials, plunger for each vial, single needle or needle cannula, and medicament and/or medicaments within the vial or plurality of vials; the vial or plurality of vials in communication with the plunger(s) at proximal end and in communication with a reservoir that contains a single needle or needle cannula at the distal end; the needle protected by some sheath/shield; the housing further comprising at least one spring (this can comprise a gas spring, coil spring, leaf spring, etc.) wherein the spring(s) is parallel to the plunger, vial(s), and reservoir system and is in communication with a solid member (that can be made of rubber, plastic, metal, and/or some other resilient material) that is also in communication with the proximal end of the plunger such that when the spring(s) is activated, a force is applied on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger(s), vial(s), reservoir, and needle to travel towards the distal end of the housing; wherein the plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered; the solid member is displaced away from the plunger, which can allow for the retraction of the entire needle, reservoir, vial(s), and plunger assembly towards proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or for a needle protection portion to slide over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
Exemplary Embodiment Four: Pulley System
This exemplary embodiment can utilize a pulley system as the activation mechanism for injecting medicament into the patient and that can also comprise a needle protection system.
Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise a delivery system that can encompass a housing, vial or plurality of vials, plunger for each vial, single needle or needle cannula, and medicament or medicaments within the vial or plurality of vials; the vial or plurality of vials in communication with the plunger(s) at proximal end and in communication with a reservoir that can contain a single needle or needle cannula at the distal end; the needle that can be protected by some sheath/shield; the housing further comprising one or more spring pulley system(s) that can constitute a spring connected to some slideable resilient material such as a string, wire, wire coil, flat metallic band, etc. at the proximal end of the housing, and said material that can travel through a channel in the housing from the proximal end of the housing towards the distal end of the housing and then returning through a parallel channel towards the proximal end wherein this material is connected to a solid member (made of rubber, plastic, metal, and/or some other resilient material); the solid member in communication with the proximal end of the plunger such that when the spring is activated the spring can produce enough force to allow the pulley system to operate by having the resilient material, such as a cord, which can forcefully travel towards the proximal end of the housing and can cause the cord to move the solid member in communication with the plunger, vial(s), reservoir, and/or needle towards the distal end; wherein the needle can exit said sheath/shield and can enter an injection site; the plunger(s) slideable in the vial(s) that can contain the medicament; and said medicament can exit the vials into through the reservoir and/or needle cannula into the injection site; upon exit of the desired contents of the vial, the solid member can be displaced away from the plunger allowing for the entire needle, reservoir, vial(s), and/or plunger assembly to retract towards the proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or a needle protection portion to slide over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
A pulley system is shown in
Exemplary Embodiment Five: The Needleless Injector
This exemplary embodiment can comprise a Needleless Injector that can be gas and/or spring activated and that can allow for a user to inject a medicament into a patient without the use of a needle. The use of a plurality of vials can be considered the novel component and can allow the device to be compact in nature, such as having the approximate length and width similar to that of a credit card.
Certain exemplary embodiments for delivering medicament from a chamber can comprise a plurality of vials; the said chamber in communication with a passage into a small injection opening; the application of a force that can originate from the contents of a gas cylinder and/or by means of at least one spring that can eject medicament held within said chamber into the passage to the small injection opening, which can be defined and/or created by the housing and/or a small sterile rod that can be a needle or cannula allowing for the slight puncturing of the injection site in order to allow the medicament to be delivered, and through the tip of this small injection opening to a depth of at least 1 mm, that can deliver up to 5 ml of medicament into the injection site; wherein the medicament can be injected and held through the use of a vial system that comprises a plunger, vial(s), and/or reservoir all located within said chamber; wherein the force can be applied on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger, vial(s), and/or reservoir to travel towards the distal end of the housing; wherein the plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered through the reservoir into the small injection opening; wherein the injection opening point can be located more superficial than the injection site; wherein the medicament can be ejected at a pressure of at least 25 p.s.i. (For example, in such embodiments, the pressure to deliver a dose of 0.5 cc's could be about 100 pounds of force).
Exemplary Embodiment Six: The Multi-Pharmaceutical Injector
This exemplary embodiment can comprise a compact auto-injector that can incorporate a plurality of vials, allowing for multiple medicaments to be injected at one time or at different times. The use of a plurality of vials can be considered the novel component and also can have the advantage of creating a device that is compact in nature, such as one having the length and width of a credit card. The device also can comprise a needle protection system.
Certain exemplary embodiments for delivering medicament from a chamber can comprise a plurality of vials; the said chamber or chambers in communication with a needle or needles that can be concealed initially by shields and/or sheaths; that can extend said needle from the said sheath at least 1 mm and can insert the needle past a needle insertion point to an injection site at a depth of at least 5 mm; the application of a force and/or forces that can originate from the contents of a gas cylinder and/or multiple gas cylinders, and/or by means of a spring and/or springs sufficient to eject medicament held within said chamber into the needle and through the needle insertion point; wherein the medicament can be injected and held through the use of a vial system and/or vial systems that can comprise a plunger, vial, reservoir, and/or needle all located within said chamber(s); wherein the force can be applied on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger, vial, reservoir, and/or needle to travel towards the distal end of the housing; wherein the plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered; wherein the needle insertion point can be located more superficial than the injection site. The device potentially having a multitude of said components (including but not limited to vials, plungers, gas cylinders, springs, needles, reservoirs, sheaths, shields, chambers, and/or retracting springs) in order to administer multiple medicaments into a patient at one time and/or at different times, as one dose and/or in multiple doses, depending on when each individual system is activated. The device can have selectors and/or other mechanisms to allow the user to choose which medicament to administer. Each individual system can comprise an activation mechanism (such as a spring and/or gas cylinder), a chamber within said housing, and a plunger, vial, reservoir, needle, and/or retraction spring; wherein upon exit of the desired contents of the vial, the entire needle, reservoir, vial, and/or plunger assembly retracts towards the proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or a needle protection portion slides over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
A method for administering multiple pharmaceuticals is depicted in
Exemplary Embodiment Seven: The Wet/Dry Injector
This exemplary embodiment can comprise a compact auto-injector that can have the ability to mix two or more medicaments in either a liquid or powder form to create one injectable medicament. The novel component of this device can be considered to be the use of a plurality of vials to deliver the medicament. The device also can comprise a needle protection system.
An exemplary delivery system can comprise a housing, plurality of vials, plunger for each vial, a mixing activation mechanism, an activation chamber or vial, single needle or needle cannula, and/or a medicament or medicaments stored within each vial. Pre-injection, two or more medicaments can be stored separately in a vial and/or storage compartment and can communicate with each other once the mixing activation mechanism is initialized. The mixing activation mechanism could comprise a button, trigger, threaded rod, and or some other member that removes a piece or portion and/or punctures a piece or portion that is preventing each medicament to communicate with each other. The mixing activation mechanism may comprise a membrane, piece, and/or portion that may be removed pre-injection by the user in order to allow the separate vials and/or storage containers to communicate with each other. The mixing activation mechanism can be a piece that is manipulated in some way by the user in order to cause the contents of each compartment to mix with each other. This communication may occur by shaking the device and/or may occur automatically with the mixing activation mechanism. For instance, the mixing activation mechanism may cause each medicament to be released into an activation chamber, which may itself be a separate vial. This mixed medicament can be the medicament that will be injected into the patient. The delivery system further encompassing the mixed medicament vial or plurality of mixed medicament vials in communication with the plunger(s) at the proximal end of the housing and in communication with a reservoir that can contain a single needle or needle cannula at the distal end; the needle can be protected by some sheath/shield; the housing can further comprise a passage that is also in communication with the proximal end of the plunger such that when the spring(s) is activated from the distal or proximal end, a force can be applied through the passage on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger(s), vial(s), reservoir, and/or needle to travel towards the distal end of the housing; wherein the force provided can be caused by a spring, bar, contents from a gas cylinder, and/or other force mechanism; wherein the plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered; upon exit of the desired contents of the vial, the entire needle, reservoir, vial, and/or plunger assembly can retract towards the proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or a needle protection portion slides over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
Exemplary Embodiment Eight: Needle-End Safety System
Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise a safety system that can allow a user to remove some cap, bar, lock at the same end of an auto-injector housing where the needle is located. This can allow the device to be ready for activation while still protecting the needle at the same time. Many auto-injectors, such as most pen-like injectors, have the activation safety mechanism on the opposite end of where the needle is located. In an emergency situation, the user may mistake this safety cap as protecting the needle, when in fact this is not the case. There have been many documented cases of digital injection into a user's thumb or finger because of this reason. Having the safety mechanism at the same end of the needle can eliminate this risk.
Exemplary Embodiment Nine: Auto-Injector with Feedback
The use of auto-injectors and drug delivery systems is common in the medical industry. Auto-injectors can deliver a range of medicaments into a patient, ranging from chronic therapies to critical care injectables. As more therapies are developed, the need for a vehicle to deliver these therapies is ever-increasing. Certain auto-injectors currently on the market can lack attributes that can allow the user to understand the device's functionality and/or operation. Thus, there is perceived a need for an auto-injector that can provide audible, haptic, and/or visual feedback to the user in order to effectively train and/or guide the user on how to properly operate the auto-injector and/or to mitigate user-related hazards that could occur when the device is not used correctly.
The incidence of use-related hazards associated with auto-injectors is increasing. Common problems associated with certain injectors on the market include poor design, sharps exposure, and poor instruction. Many auto-injectors on the market are in the form of an apparatus that resembles a pen or marker. The safety mechanism for most of these devices can cause patient confusion as it is often protecting the activation mechanism and not the location where the needle protrudes out of the device. There have been numerous cases of the user accidentally injecting the needle into their own thumb or finger because of this hazard. Examples of devices that incorporate this design can include certain pen-type auto-injectors for allergic emergencies, and/or certain anti-nerve agent auto-injectors currently supplied to both domestic and foreign militaries. These devices, and most auto-injectors on the market, also can allow the needle to remain protruding out after use, thereby potentially causing a post-injection sharps hazard. Further, many of these injectors exhibit poor instruction and/or labeling. Due to the cylindrical design of certain auto-injectors, the surface area for labeling can be small, rounded, and therefore can prevent a user from easily reading important information regarding the use of the device. For many injectors that are used in emergency situations, it can be important that the user be able to use the device correctly and efficiently. The user might not take or have time to read the instructions on the device during such a critical scenario.
For one or more of these reasons, an interactive auto-injector or medical device is described that can provide a user with visual, haptic, and/or audible feedback in order to mitigate the aforementioned risks and/or to allow for easy injection of medications.
Certain exemplary embodiments can provide an interactive auto-injector and/or a method of providing audible, haptic, and/or visual feedback to a user when operating the auto-injector. An auto-injector can be defined as any device that allows a user to deliver a medicament without having to manually prepare the injection. This can include pen delivered injectors, syringes, needleless injectors, gas powered auto-injectors, and/or any other auto-injector and/or medical device used to inject a pharmaceutical into a user/patient, etc.
Certain exemplary embodiments can provide an auto-injector that can comprise an information device and/or system comprising at least one sensor (e.g., a pressure sensor, proximity sensor, tactile sensor, and/or biometric input device, etc.), switch (e.g., gate switch, microswitch, and/or pushbutton, etc.), embedded system (e.g., microprocessor, memory, embedded operating system, system bus, input/output interface, and/or network interface, etc.), audible output sub-system (e.g., speaker, horn, buzzer, and/or piezoelectric transducer, etc.), visual output sub-system (e.g., flag, marker, light, liquid crystal display (LCD), light emitting diode (LED), optical fiber, organic polymer display, electric paper, screen, display, monitor, and/or tube, etc.), haptic output sub-system (e.g., buzzer, vibrator, bulging portion, tactile stimulator, cooler, and/or heater, etc.), and/or any other component and/or sub-system that would aid in providing audible, visual, and/or haptic feedback to a user of the auto-injector, along with appropriate circuitry, control system(s), housing(s), shielding, electrical conductors, and/or power source(s), etc.
Certain embodiments of auto-injectors can comprise a housing, safety mechanism, activation mechanism (such as a spring means or compressed gas cylinder), a vial or container for storing the medicament, and a needle for delivering the medicament. Certain exemplary embodiments can provide one or more audible, visual, and/or haptic outputs to guide and/or instruct the user how to use the auto-injector properly. Sensors and/or switches can be placed on the safety tab, on the bottom of the device where the needle comes out, and/or where the inner sleeve slides up to activate the device. Visual outputs can be placed at each of the aforementioned locations as well and/or instead. An audible output sub-system can be placed anywhere on the device for audible feedback. A haptic output sub-system can be placed anywhere on the device. These electronically-triggered and/or active components and/or sub-systems can be incorporated into the labeling of the device and/or as a separate component to provide this visual, haptic, and/or audible feedback.
For example, the user can push a button or switch on the device to initiate the audible, haptic, and/or visual output sub-system. A pre-recorded audible voice can tell the user to pull up on the safety tab, while a visual and/or haptic output can be rendered on the safety tab to provide a visual and/or haptic clue to the user as to where the safety tab is located. Once the safety tab is pulled up correctly, a sensor or switch could trigger the next step for the voice to announce, for example, asking the user to place the base of the device on the outer portion of their thigh while also triggering a visual output to light the base of the device. By way of further example, the user can be provided a visual clue in which at least a portion of the base of the device is lighted and/or colored red, and/or the user can be provided a haptic clue in which the base on the device is moved and/or the base is heated sufficiently (such as to between approximately 105 degrees F. and approximately 120 degrees F., including all values and sub-ranges therebetween) to substantially warm, yet not burn, the user's skin. The embedded operating system, which can run in hard real-time to avoid delays that might be significant and/or life-threatening, can also recognize a failure to complete a step in a certain specific timeframe and cause the step to be repeated if necessary and/or provide negative feedback if the user fails to perform a step properly (e.g., via input from a sensor or switch, the operating system can timely notice that the device is not placed on the skin of the thigh correctly and can cause the audible output subsystem to tell the user to repeat the placement step). Once the user places the device on the thigh properly, the sensor or switch could trigger the next audible, visual, and/or haptic clue and/or output, such as asking the user to push down on the outside sleeve of the device with force. By instructing the user step-by-step through each task, user error and/or risks of certain hazards can be reduced and/or eliminated.
Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a compact, credit card-sized auto-injector used to deliver a variety of medicaments, such as pharmaceuticals and/or agents. Though this auto-injector can eliminate many problems associated with certain pen-style auto-injectors, such as the sharps hazard and/or the poor safety tab design, there can be a need for an interactive auto-injector in order to aid in user instruction of the device and/or to help ensure the device is used properly any and/or every time it is needed. The following, and the attached figures, further describes such an auto-injector.
For example, an audible output sub-system located in the housing can provide audible feedback to the user of the device. The audible output sub-system can be comprised of one or more piezoelectric transducers, small and/or large cones and/or speakers, sensors, capacitors, memories, power sources (e.g., battery, fuel cell, spring-actuated generator, etc.) housing, wires, and any other electronic components needed to provide recorded audible feedback to a user. The audible output sub-system can be activated by the aforementioned button or switch on the housing. The speaker can provide instructions for how the device is used and/or certain medication requirements.
As another example, visual outputs can be located throughout the device, and/or on the base, safety tab, labeling, and/or housing to provide visual clues to the user. These visual outputs can be activated by the operating system once a sensor or switch is triggered. An LCD, optical polymer, LED, electric paper, and/or other form of display, monitor, and/or screen and/or other visual output can provide data to the user such as dosage amount, expiration date, instructions, Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, and/or other labeling requirements, etc.
Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise a compact auto-injector that can have the ability to mix two or more medicaments, agents, solutes, solvents, etc., in either a liquid or powder form and/or create one injectable medicament. Certain exemplary embodiments can include an interactive system that can provide haptic, audible, and/or visual feedback to provide the user with instructions, hints, and/or clues in order to use the device properly. The auto-injector also can comprise a needle protection system.
An exemplary delivery system can comprise a housing, plurality of vials, plunger for each vial, a mixing activation mechanism, an activation chamber or vial, single needle or needle cannula, and/or a medicament or medicaments stored within each vial, etc. Prior to injection, two or more medicaments can be stored separately in a vial and/or storage compartment and can fluidically communicate with each other once the mixing activation mechanism is initialized. The mixing activation mechanism can comprise a button, trigger, threaded rod, and or some other member that removes a piece or portion and/or punctures a piece or portion that is preventing each medicament from communicating with each other. The mixing activation mechanism can comprise a membrane, piece, and/or portion that can be removed pre-injection by the user in order to allow the separate vials and/or storage containers to fluidically communicate with each other. The mixing activation mechanism can be a piece that is manipulated in some way by the user in order to cause the contents of each compartment to mix with each other. This communication can occur by shaking the device and/or can occur automatically with the mixing activation mechanism. For instance, the mixing activation mechanism can cause each medicament to be released into an activation chamber, which may itself can be a separate vial. This mixed medicament can be the medicament that will be injected into the patient.
The delivery system can comprise the mixed medicament vial or plurality of mixed medicament vials in mechanical and/or fluid communication with the plunger(s) at the proximal end of the housing and in mechanical and/or fluid communication with a reservoir that can contain a single needle or needle cannula at the distal end. The needle can be protected by a sheath and/or shield. The housing can comprise a passage that is also in mechanical and/or fluid communication with the proximal end of the plunger such that when the spring(s) is activated from the distal or proximal end, a force can be applied through the passage on the plunger at the proximal end allowing for the plunger(s), vial(s), reservoir, and/or needle to travel towards the distal end of the housing. The applied force can be caused by a spring, bar, contents from a gas cylinder, and/or other force mechanism. The plunger can slideably travel through the vial towards the distal end to allow for the appropriate dose of medicament to be delivered. Upon exit of the desired contents of the vial, the entire needle, reservoir, vial, and/or plunger assembly can retract towards the proximal end of housing by some means such as a wire, spring, o-ring, and/or rubber membrane and/or a needle protection portion slides over the needle following delivery of the medicament.
The interactive system can comprise a speaker sub-system that can comprise piezos and/or other components to produce audible sounds and/or human voice; a haptic sub-system that can provide haptic feedback to the user; a visual sub-system that can comprise light emitting diodes, LCD's, optical fibers, and/or other components that can produce visual outputs such as light and/or color; a processor that can be used to control the activation of such components; a power source such as a battery that can power the aforementioned interactive system; and/or switches, buttons, and/or sensors that can activate certain visual, haptic, and/or audible clues at a particular moment.
The device can include an electronic/interactive system to provide visual, haptic, and/or audible feedback to the user. This interactive system can include a microprocessor to control the specific feedback components, a speaker subsystem, a haptic sub-system, a sub-system of switches and/or sensors, a subsystem of LEDs or optics, a battery power source, and any other component needed to produce audible or visual outputs.
In certain exemplary embodiments, via one or more user interfaces 26600, such as a graphical user interface, a user can view a rendering of information related to selecting, purchasing, obtaining, operating, maintaining, re-using, and/or disposing of an auto-injector. In certain exemplary embodiments, instructions 26400 can be modified and/or updated via replacing a removable memory 26300 and/or via replacing instructions 26400 (such as, e.g., via flashing an EEPROM, etc.). In certain exemplary embodiments, instructions 26400 can be modified and/or updated via downloading replacement instructions via network interface 26100. System 26000 can comprise a programmable logic controller.
Still other practical and useful embodiments will become readily apparent to those skilled in this art from reading the above-recited detailed description and drawings of certain exemplary embodiments. It should be understood that numerous variations, modifications, and additional embodiments are possible, and accordingly, all such variations, modifications, and embodiments are to be regarded as being within the spirit and scope of this application.
Thus, regardless of the content of any portion (e.g., title, field, background, summary, abstract, drawing figure, etc.) of this application, unless clearly specified to the contrary, such as via an explicit definition, assertion, or argument, with respect to any claim, whether of this application and/or any claim of any application claiming priority hereto, and whether originally presented or otherwise:
there is no requirement for the inclusion of any particular described or illustrated characteristic, function, activity, or element, any particular sequence of activities, or any particular interrelationship of elements;
any elements can be integrated, segregated, and/or duplicated;
any activity can be repeated, performed by multiple entities, and/or performed in multiple jurisdictions; and
any activity or element can be specifically excluded, the sequence of activities can vary, and/or the interrelationship of elements can vary.
Accordingly, the descriptions and drawings are to be regarded as illustrative in nature, and not as restrictive. Moreover, when any number or range is described herein, unless clearly stated otherwise, that number or range is approximate. When any range is described herein, unless clearly stated otherwise, that range includes all values therein and all subranges therein. Any information in any material (e.g., a United States patent, United States patent application, book, article, etc.) that has been incorporated by reference herein, is only incorporated by reference to the extent that no conflict exists between such information and the other statements and drawings set forth herein. In the event of such conflict, including a conflict that would render invalid any claim herein or seeking priority hereto, then any such conflicting information in such incorporated by reference material is specifically not incorporated by reference herein.
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